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Old 07-09-2011, 09:28 AM   #1
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I am going to install 3/4" solid white oak stair treads on top of 3/4" plywood. This is all new construction. I don't want to use any nails and was wondering of all the construction glues out there if there is one specific I should use. I was at the lumber store and looked at a few like Le-Page no nail and they all said can be used for wood etc. Some are $10 for a small caulking tube and some are only $5 so What would be the best one to use.
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Can you reach a tiny cordless drill under each plywood tread and screw up into the finish tread? Then there would only be one tread that needed nailed. I wouldn't want to chance adhesive only, especially on stair treads.

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I could reach a few of the treads and I had though of that but I have seen advertising that these new glues do amazing stuff so wanted to hear if anyone had used these and if they really work. Just don't want to put nail holes in the Oak treads if possible.
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<I am going to install 3/4" solid white oak stair treads on top of 3/4" plywood. This is all new construction.>

I'm not fully understanding this. So you're going to have a 1 1/2" thick tread. Open or closed stairs? You can nail through the skirt board if there is one.
Can you nail through the toe/kick board underneath, into the back side of the tread?
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I'm not fully understanding this. So you're going to have a 1 1/2" thick tread. Open or closed stairs? You can nail through the skirt board if there is one.
Can you nail through the toe/kick board underneath, into the back side of the tread?[/QUOTE]

The 3/4" plywood is screwed and glued direct to 5 stringers and the 3/4" oak goes over the plywood as the tread. I just didn't want to put any holes in the top of the treads. There is a skirt board which is 1/4" oak plywood and I could put a nail through that but it gives no holding from the top that is why I was looking at the no nail products from LePage and wanted to know if anyone had used it on this application and could give advise on the products.
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in my limited experience construction grade adhesive is AMAZING .. but glue should always be used with mechanical fastener. in this case the screws would be there just to holdd the tread tight whilee the glue dries. i had much success with this.. hardly use any nails/screws anymore. i installed a spire at the peak of my house this way last year with just 2 screws and half a tube of PL9000. if you can't screw from underneath, maybe you can hide them under the railing. wood fill + stain and it will disappear nicely.
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in my limited experience construction grade adhesive is AMAZING .. but glue should always be used with mechanical fastener. in this case the screws would be there just to holdd the tread tight whilee the glue dries. i had much success with this.. hardly use any nails/screws anymore. i installed a spire at the peak of my house this way last year with just 2 screws and half a tube of PL9000. if you can't screw from underneath, maybe you can hide them under the railing. wood fill + stain and it will disappear nicely.
That sounds good about the glue. I was planing on using a few screws if necessary where I can get in behind or from under the stairs until it gets to short, and that makes sense to put them under the railing posts. Thanks

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